Some students simply do not feel interested in education and would rather spend their time in other pursuits. For educators, it can be incredibly difficult to connect with students with this mindset, but it’s important to make the effort. While not every student will excel in school or love studying, it is possible to make a connection with every student and find a way to engage them in education in order to motivate them to try their best. Students learn in different ways and care about various topics, so find ways to connect with your students and get them engaged!
Identify their learning style
Students learn in a variety of ways. It’s up to us as educators to pinpoint how each of our students learn and adjust our teaching styles to give them the most benefit. Encourage students to take quick evaluations to see what their learning styles are and be observant to see how your students retain information. Try various teaching styles and see which ones work best with students. The best way to help students with different learning styles is to take a mixed approach in your teaching style and utilize a variety of styles to help out students. For those that you know struggle a little more, ask them how they’re doing and give them plenty of opportunities to ask you questions and get help.
Incorporate fun into the classroom
While many public school educators have to stick to strict guidelines when it comes to teaching, there are ways to make sure your classroom stays fun and exciting for students. Instead of lecturing, come up with creative lesson plans that allow students to get involved in their education. Have them pick topics and create reports on them to teach the class or come up with fun games you can play with students to help them learn the material.
Talk about a variety of topics
There are going to be specific topics you need to focus on and course material you have to cover, but there’s room to add in more variety to your curriculum. Find topics that you think would interest the students or even ask each one of them to submit something they’d like to discuss and learn about at some point throughout the school year. Allowing students to become active participants in their own education helps keep them engaged.
Communicate with them
Communication with your students is vitally important. Besides asking them their learning styles and what they want to talk about, it’s also important that they feel safe and comfortable talking to you about issues they may be having. You could be the only adult in a student’s life they feel like they can talk to, especially if they have problems at home. Make sure students feel they can talk to you if there’s something going on in their lives that’s affecting their studies.